OK. Let me say first that I am sad about the 12,000 people may lose their jobs. From what I have heard, they weren’t a bad company to work for, and the benefits weren’t half bad.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, HOORAY!!!! I am so glad that Starbucks is closing 600 stores. And they can start with the 599 located in NYC as far as I’m concerned(It seems as though California and Florida will be the lucky states). There are several corners in Manhattan where you can stand, and with a slight turn of the head, see a Starbucks in every direction you turn. That’s not a joke.
They’ve taken over the planet, and they’re coffee is not even that great–and who the hell needs it at $4 a cup. So I feel no pity for them, and I blame them, Barnes and Noble and every fucking bank branch on every street corner–except in Black and Latino neighborhoods where we can only hope for a check cashing place–for driving small merchants out of business.